Breakaway Switch Power Lead Wired Incorrectly – 2021 c Travel Trailers

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May 14, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V350000

Breakaway Switch Power Lead Wired Incorrectly

The trailer brakes may not engage if the breakaway switch does not have power, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V350

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 39

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021 Coachmen Spirit Travel Trailers. The Breakaway switch power lead is wired incorrectly and may lose power.

 

Remedy

Dealers will rewire the breakaway switch, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed June 9, 2021. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8205. Forest River’s number for this recall is 220-1336.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 


RECALL 21V350, 2021-284 REMEDY INSTRUCTIONS

Make(s): SPIRIT TRAVEL TRAILERS
Model(s): MANY, SEE BELOW
Model Year(s): 2021

 

Concern:

The battery/house and the break-away wiring is incorrect on the battery disconnect.

 

Repair Code: RC-003-22-00-004058
Allotted Time: .50 HRS.
Inspection Code: N/A
Allotted Time: N/A

 

Disconnect the vehicles’ battery Positive and Negative, disconnect any House battery(s) Positive and Negative, if equipped with a generator ensure it is off and lastly, ensure the vehicle is disconnected from shore power.  Block any tires/wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Failure to do so may result in electrocution, fire or other personal injury, property damage and/or death.

 

MODELS AFFECTED: SBT1943RB, SBT2557RB, SBT2963BH AND SBT3379BH

 

STEP 1: LOCATE AND REMOVE SCREWS HOLDING THE BATTERY DISCONNECT FROM THE FRAME (FIG. 1);

 

STEP 2: LOOSEN THE BATTERY DISCONNECT AND PULL THE WIRES THROUGH THE FRAME HOLE (FIG. 2);

 

STEP 3: LOCATE AND UNBOLT THE RED WIRES FROM THE SAME LUG ON THE BATTERY KILL SWITCH (FIG. 3);

 

STEP 4: PLACE THE RED BATTERY HOT ON THE “CONNECT” SIDE AND PLACE THE BLACK WIRE WITH THE

EYELET ONTO THE SAME LUG TOGETHER (THIS BLACK WIRE IS THE BREAK-AWAY SWITCH WIRE) (FIG. 4);

 

STEP 5: PLACE THE RED WIRE FROM THE TRAILER SIDE TO THE OTHER POST OF THE SWITCH (FIG. 4);

 

STEP 6: TIGHTEN LUGS DOWN;

 

STEP 7: CLAIM REPAIR CODE.

 


This Notice applies to your vehicle VIN listed above.

 

Dear Forest River Customer:

 

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This notice is also sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Forest River – Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) has decided that a defect, which relates to the motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2021 Coachmen Spirit travel trailer recreational vehicles. This is to inform you that your vehicle may contain a defect that could affect the safety of a person.

 

WHAT IS THE DEFECT/NONCOMPLIANCE?

The Breakaway switch power lead is wired to the auxiliary side of the battery disconnect. Without constant power to the switch, it may not engage when needed and consequently not allow the trailer brakes to activate.

 

EVALUATION OF THE RISK TO THE VEHICLE AND OPERATOR(S) RELATED TO THE RECALL.

If the battery disconnect is in the “off” position, the breakaway switch will not engage when needed, the trailer brakes will not activate which may lead to a crash resulting in property damage, injury and/or death.

 

WHAT IS FOREST RIVER AND OUR DEALERSHIPS GOING TO DO?

Forest River is notifying dealerships of the recall. You may have the recall corrected at any Forest River dealership. However, it is preferable if you have your selling dealership perform the remedy. Forest River completely covers your cost for the remedy; you will not receive any bill of sale for anything covered under the above recall number.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Please contact your dealer immediately and request a service appointment to schedule the free remedy. The remedy will include wiring the breakaway switch to the constant power lug to the battery disconnect. The vehicle Owner is responsible for arranging to have the work completed.  Please state you have been notified by Forest River of having a recall in process for your vehicle and provide the recall number for the dealership.  It is also helpful to the dealership to have a copy of this letter when you take your vehicle in for the recall remedy. You may also visit www.forestriverinc.com  for dealer locations.

 

HOW LONG WILL THE REMEDY PROCESS TAKE?

The estimated time of repair is .5 hours.  However, the dealership may need to keep your vehicle or schedule an appointment with you for a later date to fit into their regular service schedule.

 

WHAT IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR REPAIRS TO YOUR VEHICLE FOR THIS PARTICULAR CONDITION?

If you have already paid for a repair that is within the scope of this defect under recall, you still need to have this recall inspected and/or performed to ensure the correct parts and procedures were utilized.

 

Additionally, you may be eligible for a refund of previously paid repairs. Refunds will only be provided for within the scope of this defect under recall.

Please send the service invoice to the following address:

Coachmen Spirit
Forest River, Inc.
Attn: WARRANTY MANAGER
423 N Main St
Middlebury, IN 46540

 



1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
FOREST RIVER COACHMEN 2021

 


9 Associated Documents

Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V350-3244.pdf 170.598KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2021-2

RCLQRT-21V350-6359.PDF 211.139KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V350-2081.pdf 645.951KB

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Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

RCLRPT-21V350-6010.PDF 214.056KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-21V350-4636.pdf 218.197KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V350-0762.pdf 210.584KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V350-8656.PDF 213.871KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2021-3

RCLQRT-21V350-7457.PDF 211.24KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2021-4

RCLQRT-21V350-4347.PDF 211.327KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

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